Organising Committee

Professor Stuart Biddle

Professor and Research Leader, Active Living & Public Health, Institute of Sport, Exercise & Active Living, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Stuart Biddle was appointed Professor of Active Living & Public Health in ISEAL in August, 2014. Prior to that he was Professor of Physical Activity & Health at Loughborough University in the UK where he was Head of the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences between 2001 and 2007. His research centres on behavioural aspects of physical activity and sedentary behaviour across the lifespan with a focus on behaviour change. He has had externally funded projects investigating sedentary behaviour in youth (British Heart Foundation), young adults (Medical Research Council, MRC), and older adults (MRC).

He was chair of the UK government's expert group on sedentary behaviour, leading to the first UK guidelines. He has published extensively, including the book 'Psychology of Physical Activity' (Routledge) with Nanette Mutrie. Stuart is a past President of both the European Federation for the Psychology of Sport & Physical Activity and International Society of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity.


Dr Jannique van Uffelen

Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL), Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Jannique van Uffelen is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living at Victoria University, Melbourne. Jannique's early interest in ageing and older people was sparked during regular visits as part of the elementary school curriculum to a nearby nursing home. Jannique also has an ongoing interest in physical activity and exercise. She has obtained a Bachelor of Health degree, Master degrees in both Human Movement Sciences and Epidemiology and a PhD in Behavioural Epidemiology. During her studies she held several volunteer and paid positions in residential care and nursing homes, as well as in private exercise therapy practices and sport clubs for people with chronic conditions.

Jannique has combined her interest in working with older people with her interest in physical activity and health in her research. She now has over ten years of experience in research related to the health benefits of an active lifestyle up to high age and the detrimental effects of sedentary behaviour on health. The overall objective of her program of research is to inform evidence based interventions for increasing physical activity and decreasing sedentary behaviour in an ageing population, and thereby influence people's health and wellbeing.

Her work includes more than 40 published peer reviewed papers since the award of her PhD in 2007 and has been published in a wide range of journals, including gerontology and geriatrics, public health and sport science journals, evidencing the wide reach of her research.


Professor Hans Westerbeek

Dean, College of Sport and Exercise Science, and Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL), Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Professor Hans Westerbeek is the Dean of the College of Sport and Exercise Science, and of the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL) at Victoria University, in Melbourne, Australia. He is Professor of Sport Business at Victoria University and holds a visiting Chair position at the Free University of Brussels in Belgium and is a Professor of Sport Business at the Real Madrid Graduate School at the European University of Madrid. He also sits on numerous academic advisory boards for institutions in several countries and he is a Board member of AFL Europe, based out of London.

He has published 23 books and more than 200 articles in sport management, sport business, sport marketing and sport policy and his work has been translated in Chinese, Russian, Dutch, Arabic, Portuguese and Greek. He is an international consultant to more than 50 organisations including the FIFA, IMG London, Giro D'Italia, Royal Dutch Football Association, Australian Football League (AFL), Cricket Australia, the Dutch Olympic Committee and to governments in India (current), New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands and Belgium to name a few.

One of the major projects that he was the chief investigator of was 'Fit for Life: Sport and Physical Activity for the Elderly in the Netherlands - a national market research study'. He is frequently approached by international media and has delivered presentations and keynote addresses at over 100 conferences in more than 20 nations around the world.


Dr Ineke Vergeer

Research Fellow, Institute of Sport, Exercise, and Active Living (ISEAL), Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Ineke Vergeer is currently a Research Fellow with the Institute of Sport, Exercise, and Active Living (ISEAL), Victoria University, contributing to the area of Active Living and Public Health.

With a background in psychology and a PhD in sport psychology, she worked in the field of sport and exercise psychology as both a researcher and lecturer for over 20 years before taking a break from academia in 2011. After training as a counsellor/psychotherapist and pursuing her interest in transpersonal psychology, she returned to academic work in 2014 in her present position.

Her current research interests focus on holistic movement practices - such as yoga, t’ai chi, qigong, 5Rhythms, Pilates - with particular attention to motivation, prevalence and participation patterns across the lifespan.


Michael Clayton

Manager, Industry and Community Engagement for Victoria University's College of Sport and Exercise Science

Michael Clayton is the Manager, Industry and Community Engagement for Victoria University's College of Sport and Exercise Science. He has 25 years experience in the sport and education industries and is a strong believer in empowering individuals to make change in their lives.

Since studying a Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Information and Promotional Services), public and private sector roles in partnership management, teaching and sports coaching have allowed him to follow this passion for developing an individual's capacity through increased knowledge and skills and improved health and well-being.

Michael's role is central in the implementation of the Knowledge Development Strategy in the University's Sport, Exercise and Active Living Distinctive Specialisation and he will be a driving force behind WCAA2016.


Glen Wiesner

Research Fellow, Institute of Sport, Exercise, and Active Living (ISEAL), Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Glen Wiesner completed his PhD at Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute (degree via Monash University). His PhD and post-doctoral research interests concerned the molecular determinants of obesity and obesity-related disorders.

Subsequently Glen has had varied career as a Clinical Trial Coordinator working at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Monash University and Baker IDI coordinating multi-centre studies encompassing a wide range of health issues and research methodologies. Studies he has been involved in include the evaluation of novel chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments for various cancers, the potential benefit of aspirin for venous leg ulcers and behavioural interventions for reducing sedentary behaviour in the workplace.